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Films of Sergio Leone => Once Upon A Time In The West => Topic started by: Walton on June 05, 2004, 02:44:46 AM

Title: Obscure OUATITW reference in Kill Bill 1?
Post by: Walton on June 05, 2004, 02:44:46 AM
This may be a bit obscure, but in Kill Bill vol 1, when Uma Thurman wakes up from her coma and flashes back to some quick cuts of Bill shooting her, there is a close up of a 45 calibre Colt revolver that seems to me to be exactly the same shot of the close up of Frank's revolver before he shoots Timmy at the end of the McBain massacre. It's a long lens, focus on the end of the barrel, almost identical framing. Is this a subtle reference to that shot from OUATITW? Given that QT is such a Leone fan, maybe he had this in mind. After all, why would Bill, in modern times, be carrying a western style Colt 45 revolver? Or am I just reading too much into it?
Title: Re:Obscure OUATITW reference in Kill Bill 1?
Post by: Ify on June 05, 2004, 02:15:40 PM
This may be a bit obscure, but in Kill Bill vol 1, when Uma Thurman wakes up from her coma and flashes back to some quick cuts of Bill shooting her, there is a close up of a 45 calibre Colt revolver that seems to me to be exactly the same shot of the close up of Frank's revolver before he shoots Timmy at the end of the McBain massacre. It's a long lens, focus on the end of the barrel, almost identical framing. Is this a subtle reference to that shot from OUATITW? Given that QT is such a Leone fan, maybe he had this in mind. After all, why would Bill, in modern times, be carrying a western style Colt 45 revolver? Or am I just reading too much into it?

I was thinking the exact same thing, as i watched Volume 1, it totally reminded me of that scene in OUATITW and because of the various other spaghetti western references i thought this might have been intentional!
Title: Re:Obscure OUATITW reference in Kill Bill 1?
Post by: shorty larsen on June 06, 2004, 01:17:30 AM
Yeah, according to IMDB :

"The gun that Bill uses appears to be a Colt Single Action Army, or "Peacemaker", Bisley model (due to the curved design of the grip). It is obviously chambered for .45 Colt as seen on the back of the bullet fired in the internal gun shot in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)."

Title: Re:Obscure OUATITW reference in Kill Bill 1?
Post by: Rblondie on June 06, 2004, 06:54:33 AM
Another reference occurs at the beginning when the bus pulls away to the right of the frame with the actors in the foreground.
Title: Re:Obscure OUATITW reference in Kill Bill 1?
Post by: Il Tramonto on June 09, 2004, 06:50:14 AM
I noticed these two homages in Volume 2- after the DIVAS enter the chapel and kill everybody, the longshot is similiar to the panning shot during the final flashback scene in OUATITW. Also, the sound of the bells is like the part in OUATITW when Harmonica falls down and his brother gets hanged, with the haunting noise of the bell ringing in the background.

Another reference in Volume 1 is the watermill during the O-Ren/Bride fight, similiar to the one in OUATITW at the beginning.